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Abelia × grandiflora ‘Mardi Gras’ (Glossy Abelia)

Glossy Abelia 'Mardi Gras'

Abelia  grandiflora Mardi Gras, Glossy Abelia Mardi Gras, semi-evergreen Shrub, Evergreen shrub, Fragrant Shrub, Pink Flowers, White Flowers, Variegated foliage shrub
Abelia  grandiflora Mardi Gras, Glossy Abelia Mardi Gras, semi-evergreen Shrub, Evergreen shrub, Fragrant Shrub, Pink Flowers, White Flowers, Variegated foliage shrub
Abelia  grandiflora Mardi Gras, Glossy Abelia Mardi Gras, semi-evergreen Shrub, Evergreen shrub, Fragrant Shrub, Pink Flowers, White Flowers, Variegated foliage shrub

Changing color over the passing seasons, Abelia × grandiflora ‘Mardi Gras’ (Glossy Abelia) is a compact, low growing, spreading, semi-evergreen shrub. Borne on pink to red stems, its glossy oval leaves emerge bright pink in spring, mature to sparkling creamy white and green as the season progresses before taking on coppery shades in the fall. In late spring, an abundance of shell pink, slightly fragrant flowers covers the entire bush until early fall. Their attractive rose-colored calyces persist well after the flowers fall. Best grown in part shade for full foliage effect. Heat and drought tolerant once established.

  • Grows up to 30 in. tall (75 cm) and 5 ft. wide (150 cm).
  • A full sun or part shade lover, this plant is easily grown in average, medium moisture, well-drained soils. Best flower production in full sun. Provide a sheltered location to help prevent hard freeze damage.
  • Perfect as a specimen plant or in small groupings, as an informal hedge or in containers.
  • Low maintenance, this plant is generally pest and disease free. Deer resistant.
  • Blooms on new wood, so prune as needed in late winter to early spring. May need hard pruning every 3 to 4 years.
  • Propagate by softwood cuttings in early summer or semi-hardwood cuttings in late summer for home use

Requirements

Hardiness 6 - 9
Heat Zones 6 - 9
Climate Zones 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24, H1, H2
Plant Type Shrubs
Plant Family Caprifoliaceae
Genus Abelia
Common names Glossy Abelia, Abelia
Exposure Full Sun, Partial Sun
Season of Interest Spring (Late)
Summer (Early, Mid, Late)
Fall
Height 2' - 3'
(60cm - 90cm)
Spread 4' - 5'
(120cm - 150cm)
Spacing 60" (150cm)
Maintenance Low
Water Needs Average
Soil Type Chalk, Loam, Sand
Soil pH Acid, Alkaline, Neutral
Soil Drainage Moist but Well-Drained
Characteristics Fragrant, Showy, Semi-Evergreen
Tolerance Drought, Deer
Attracts Butterflies, Bees, Hummingbirds
Garden Uses Beds And Borders, Hedges And Screens, Patio And Containers
Garden Styles Traditional Garden, Informal and Cottage, City and Courtyard
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Alternative Plants to Consider

Abelia x grandiflora ‘Hopleys’ (Glossy Abelia)
Abelia × grandiflora (Glossy Abelia)
Abelia × grandiflora ‘Kaleidoscope’ (Glossy Abelia)
Abelia × grandiflora ‘Radiance’ (Glossy Abelia)
Abelia ‘Edward Goucher’

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Requirements

Hardiness 6 - 9
Heat Zones 6 - 9
Climate Zones 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24, H1, H2
Plant Type Shrubs
Plant Family Caprifoliaceae
Genus Abelia
Common names Glossy Abelia, Abelia
Exposure Full Sun, Partial Sun
Season of Interest Spring (Late)
Summer (Early, Mid, Late)
Fall
Height 2' - 3'
(60cm - 90cm)
Spread 4' - 5'
(120cm - 150cm)
Spacing 60" (150cm)
Maintenance Low
Water Needs Average
Soil Type Chalk, Loam, Sand
Soil pH Acid, Alkaline, Neutral
Soil Drainage Moist but Well-Drained
Characteristics Fragrant, Showy, Semi-Evergreen
Tolerance Drought, Deer
Attracts Butterflies, Bees, Hummingbirds
Garden Uses Beds And Borders, Hedges And Screens, Patio And Containers
Garden Styles Traditional Garden, Informal and Cottage, City and Courtyard
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